Iris in the garden

When I lived in the UK I never grew Bearded Irises, now they have become one of my favourite flowers.  Partly because they love the climate here and my very free draining soil in particular, they form clumps of colour very quickly.  I also enjoy the strong form of the foliage, perfectly making a strong full stop when planted next to more softly rounded forms.

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

I've decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

I’ve decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

Looks like velvet in close-up

Looks like velvet in close-up

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap - rather nice.  When it has made a clump I'll move it from the slope

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap – rather nice. When it has made a clump I’ll move it from the slope

I bought some new varieties when I visited Courson last autumn and am pleased to see that they are producing strong flower spikes in their first year.

Iris Dear Jean, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris Grand Canari, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris 'Immortality', a lovely pure white

Iris ‘Immortality’, a lovely pure white from a local supplier

Iris Jane Philips - not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

Iris Jane Philips – not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

It’s now raining too hard to take any more photographs, so I’ll post the rest tomorrow.